Shambhala Warrior Prophecy

I’ve posted Joanna Macy before as she shares this twelve centuries old prophecy, but yesterday’s information about Whole Foods and Monsanto (and by extension all those large, embedded corporations and our sick financial system) reminded me again of this story. Joanna’s portion begins right around the 1 minute mark. The part that jumped out at me this time was the idea of effective weapons or tools that we can use to dismantle the horrific technology and life-killing weapons of this out of balance world:

“This is a time when all beings are in danger. In this time the kingdom of Shambhala will emerge. The Shambhala Warrior has two weapons: compassion, and insight into the deep interconnectedness of all things. The smallest act with clear intention has repercussions throughout the whole web, beyond your capacity to see. … Do not be afraid of the pain of the world.” We need to show up — with the heat of compassion and the coolness of a wisdom that recognizes how things connect. As Joanna explains, without that wisdom, the compassion burns us out, but without the compassion, the wisdom remains cold.

Last night I had a conversation with someone whose heart keeps breaking at the cruelty she observes in our world. I explained to her that tears, sorrow and outrage at cruelty and oppression are not a sign of weakness. They reflect an awakening heart. The more our hearts awaken, the greater we feel the pain of the world. But we also need the wisdom that recognizes how even tiny acts with great intention can move mountains. Getting stuck in tears, sorrow and outrage will burn us out before we have a chance to change our world. When we see the cruelty and create alternatives, when we alleviate some of the suffering, when we model other ways of living and being … then the interconnectedness of all things begins to shift reality. The two go together.

This prophecy and Joanna’s great spirit always bring me great comfort in this world.

8 responses to this post.

  1. Reblogged this on Reiki Dawn and commented:
    Joanna Macy video courtesy of Laura Bruno’s post….thank you.

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  2. Posted by Mythoughts76 on February 27, 2014 at 3:08 am

    Reblogged this on I Saved It For You and commented:
    Interesting! Save for later.

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  3. Posted by Kieron on February 27, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Ah yes. Something I deal with daily, this despair at witnessing suffering. I watch my clients struggle for scarce resources within a broken system, while struggling, concurrently, with mental illnesses of all sorts. I’m coming to a fork in the road: continue to fight a system that is designed to inflict the maximum amount of cruelty possible on powerless people, or turn off onto another path and fight the beast from another direction? If the latter, how? where?

    Joanna Macy is wise. I remember reading her essay “The Great Turning” years ago and felt a resonance. It has to be the time to make the turn, for we can’t go on any longer like this.

    Interestingly, I met another wounded warrior like myself– same field of social services, same feelings I describe above, and possessing the qualities Joanna describes. Already we are closer than brothers. Maybe we, too, are something like Shambhala Warriors, because… we show up even when we’d rather not.

    Thank you for indirectly reminding me of “The Great Turning.” Time for a review. 🙂

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  4. Thank you for your huge heart, Kieron! Glad you’ve found a kindred spirit in your new found soul friend. “Love says, ‘There is a way. I have traveled it thousands of times.'” I am sure the way will become clear as you continue to seek those heartfelt answers. Many blessings! Laura

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  5. […] laurabruno  February 26 2014 […]

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  6. Posted by Michael Sharp on December 2, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    I wrote a poem about Shambhala Warriors many years ago. Though I would share

    http://www.michaelsharp.org/shambhala-warriors/

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  7. Beautiful, powerful poem! I have goosebumps. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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